Thursday, January 21, 2016

Twofer Thursday - Two Protein Shake Recipes!!

Have you heard of twofer tuesday...
well I'm declaring today twofer thursday :)!

I have two Protein Shake Recipes for You!

First one!

Did you ever go to Jamba Juice
when they had a smoothie called
Peanut Butter Mood!
It was a family favorite.
They stopped making it so we had to figure it out at home!
This is my kids
after school snack! 

I love my Blendtec
because it makes whipping up Protein Shakes a total cinch!

Peanut Butter Chocolate Protein Shake
1 cup milk
2-4 TBS Peanut Butter 
(less calories use the 2 TBS, but if you want a more
peanut buttery flavor go with the 4)
1/3 of a banana (we keep a bunch in the freezer)
1 Scoop Vanilla or chocolate protein powder
1 TBS Cocoa powder (if using vanilla protein)
2 tsp stevia
handful of ice

Throw all of it in the blender and blend!
Add more ice for thicker shake!

One more recipe. 
This is what I make for me!
If you are following the Dukan Diet
this is perfect on a protein only day.

It is similar to a chocolate frosty,
only better for you!

Chocolate Protein Shake
1 cup fat free milk
1 scoop protein powder
1 TBS cocoa powder
1-2 tsp stevia
handful of ice

Place all ingredients in the blender 
and blend!

Do you want to know my dirty little secret!

I make my kids the above
Peanut Butter Chocolate Protein Shake.
I don't wash the blender jar.
I just make my 
Chocolate Protein Shake
in that same jar.
There is just enough peanut butter
on the sides
that I get a hint of peanut butter
without the calories!

So sneaky, huh!!

I hope you enjoy!

You might also like this

i will
i am strong
i can take time for me, that is okay
i am beautiful, inside and out
i CAN find time to eat a healthy balanced diet
i am not less of a person if my house is messy
i can do anything i put my mind to

Wednesday, January 20, 2016

Healthy, yet Super Yummy, Shepherd's Pie Recipe!

Did you grow up on 
Shepherd's Pie?
We actually called it hamburger pie in our house.

I remember as a kid,
we had to eat what my mom served for dinner.
I hated the meat portion of hamburger pie.
I would only scoop out the mashed potatoes
onto my plate.
I didn't even want the juices of the meat sauce
to be touching my potatoes. 
That would totally taint them.

Luckily as I got older,
my tastes changed.
Amazingly, my kids have never had issues 
with hamburger pie and this is a favorite in our house.

My moms recipe was made with 
hamburger, canned tomato soup and french cut green beans.
When I started the Dukan Diet,
I wanted to change up the recipe so that I 
could eat it as well.
My family actually prefers the new recipe.

(Insert super duper ecstatic mama right here!!)

This is a very easy recipe,
kind of a throw together!

Shepherd's Pie Recipe
1 lb. ground turkey, cooked and crumbled
garlic salt to taste
1 28 oz can tomato puree or crushed tomatoes
(or 14 oz can of each)
1 14 oz can of french cut green beans
1 TBS McCormick's Pinch Perfect Italian Salt Free Seasoning
(if you can not find this, it is combination
of marjoram, thyme, rosemary, savory, sage, oregano, and basil)

Brown the turkey, add garlic salt to taste while cooking.
When fully cooked, add green beans, tomato, and seasoning.
Mix well, cook until warm.

Serve topped with mashed potatoes,
or eat alone. I leave off the potatoes and love it a ton.

Mashed Potatoes-
(If you have a recipe you love, go for it...
this has no measurements,
we just keep adding things til we get the right flavor)

I use red potatoes, quarter or smaller
(I love red potatoes because I don't peel them,
I just mash the peels right in and my kids love it.
Adds extra fiber)
cream cheese
garlic salt

Boil the potatoes until fork tender. 
Because I cut them pretty small, they usually 
cook in about 25 minutes.
I used about 15 small red potatoes,
1 cube of butter,
8 oz cream cheese,
Milk (I add about 2 TBS at a time so it doesn't get too thin,
my family likes their potatoes chunky)
and garlic salt and pepper to taste.

I actually double this recipe.
I have a large family and we also love this as leftovers.

Here are my cubed potatoes getting ready to be potatoes.

Because I double this recipe, I use one 28 oz can of 
crushed tomatoes and one of tomato puree.
I really like the combination of both!

People ask me if they can substitute 
fresh green beans instead of canned.
but I use canned because the french style 
kind of melts into the sauce
and my kids are totally willing to eat them.
But do what you prefer.

This is the seasoning.
It is great.
I am sure there other Italian seasonings
that would work great as well.

 I love any recipe that I can make in one pan.
I just use my big wok/extra large fry pan
cook my meat and then add the rest. 
Seriously easy! 

My mom would always put the potatoes
in a ring around the outside of an oval pan.
Then she would fill the inside with the meat.
She would then bake it at 350 degrees
for about 20-25 minutes.
When I was a newlywed,
we even topped the potatoes with 
shredded cheese before we would bake them.
That did bad things to our waistlines.
Now, I leave them separate.
(I can't believe I am showing you my messy
stovetop and counter ;) )
My family can then take the ratio
of potatoes to meat that they would like.

I hope you enjoy this 
super yummy
easy to make dinner!

i will
i am strong
i can take time for me, that is okay
i am beautiful, inside and out
i CAN find time to eat a healthy balanced diet
i am not less of a person if my house is messy
i can do anything i put my mind to

Friday, January 15, 2016

Follow Me Friday - It's Not All About the Weight!

My first official Follow Me Friday of 2016.
I have worked so hard this week,
no cheating,
getting in some really good workouts,
and drinking all my water.

If you remember last week I was 154.8 lbs.
This week,
people have made comments of how they can see my body shrinking.
I have been able to see it in the mirror.
I was so excited to get on the scale.
I knew it would be good.

I was absolutely disappointed
when I got on the scale 
and I had gained 1.4 lbs.
How could that be!
How was I going to share that on my blog!

Thank heavens that I had taken my measurements!

I quickly got out the measuring tape,
and checked my measurements,

I had lost an entire inch 
from my waist during the previous week and a half!

It isn't only about the weight! 
Please remember that! 
It is so easy to get discouraged when the scale
doesn't move!

From experience,
make sure that you are taking measurements!
You will be pleasantly surprised.

i will
i am strong
i can take time for me, that is okay
i am beautiful, inside and out
i CAN find time to eat a healthy balanced diet
i am not less of a person if my house is messy
i can do anything i put my mind to

Tuesday, January 12, 2016

Creamy Tomatillo Dressing Recipe, aka Cafe Rio Dressing!

Today I am sharing a very easy recipe
that is a big hit with my family!
I know that the Cafe Rio/Creamy Tomatillo Dressing Recipe
is all over the internet.
I have changed it up just a touch so that 
I can eat it while on the Dukan Diet as well.

I don't want to be a short order cook
so I am always looking for family favorites,
and figuring out how I can tweak it
to follow my diet. 
This was a huge success!

This is completely Protein Veggie Day approved
for fellow Dukan Dieters!

So to start,
I throw a bunch of FROZEN chicken breasts
into my crockpot 
with a jar of salsa.
I use the Costco Kirkland brand Organic Salsa.
There really isn't any specific measurements.
Approximately though,
I put 5 breasts and a half a large jar of salsa.
I cook it on high for about 5 hours
until it is easily shreddable!
Can I just say this is so easy 
and can be used in so many different recipes!

I don't even take the chicken out of the crockpot.
I get two large serving forks
and shred away!
Piece o' Cake!

Most Cafe Rio/Creamy Tomatillo recipes
call for mayonnaise.
That isn't approved on my diet,
but fat free sour cream is.
The dressing is fantastic with the sour cream.
The recipe also calls for buttermilk.
I make my own.

First think I do is make my buttermilk.
Do this,
I put 1 cup of milk in a 
pyrex mixing cup and add 1 Tbsp of vinegar.

I let this sit for a few minutes
while I prep my tomatillos and cilantro.
It will kind of thicken,
but you have Dukan Diet approved buttermilk.

These are my tomatillos dehusked and cored.
I have a strong blender so I just dump them in whole.
A side note, when you peel of the husk,
the tomatillos are kind of sticky.
Rinse with warm water and it comes right off.

Creamy Tomatillo Recipe-

1 buttermilk ranch dressing packet
1 cup buttermilk
1 cup fat free sour cream
2 tomatillos, husk removed and decored
1-2 garlic cloves
juice of 1 lime
1/2 jalapeno (add seeds to reach desired heat)
1/2 bunch cilantro

Place all items in the blender
and blend until smooth.

I double the recipe and keep it in the fridge
for a week.
My family loves it that much and 
loves the leftovers!

In the end,
we have kind of a smorgasbord dinner.
It is buffet style and everyone can do their own thing.

I have out, buffet style:
 shredded chicken, black beans, shredded cheese,
lime rice, chopped jicama, diced tomatoes,
cilantro, the dressing, 
and corn and flour tortilla's.

My family can choose salad,
burrito's or tacos. 
And everyone is happy.

Hope you enjoy!

i will
i am strong
i can take time for me, that is okay
i am beautiful, inside and out
i CAN find time to eat a healthy balanced diet
i am not less of a person if my house is messy
i can do anything i put my mind to

Monday, January 11, 2016

#MotivationMonday- My Daughter, My Hero

One of my most favorite hashtags
has to be #MotivationMonday!
The world is full of negativity and tearing others down!
But Monday's,
the beginning of a new week,
many look for motivation and positivity 
and share that via social media!

Today starts my official #MotivationMonday posts
and I am starting with my amazing daughter!

My sweet daughter is 13 years old
and should be in the throws of early teenager-ness.
She should be jabbering with her friends,
talking about boys,
crushing on boys,
going to the mall,
hanging with friends!

But she is not.
My sweet daughter has been diagnosed with 
anxiety and depression.

Her anxiety started when she was in 4th grade 
and continued to progress
into full blown depression in 6th grade.
Since then we have been learning to 
treat and more important battle this disease! 

Her biggest anxiety is groups of people.
It is such a struggle for her to be around people.
She has had full blown anxiety attacks.
She physically can not go to brick and mortar school
though she has tried many times,
because she has these attacks!
Most days she struggles to even get out of bed.
No fun for a girl to deal with!  
And especially for a mom to watch.

But I want you to know that she is my hero!
Things that I take for granted are huge struggles for her.
Leaving the house,
going to places that she loves,
doing activities that bring her joy,
can be a total debilitating event for her.

Right now her happy place is ice skating! 
She wants to skate so bad
and EVERY time we head to the rink
she has to battle her anxiety.

Thanks to amazing therapists, doctors, family and friends,
she is learning to work through her anxiety.
Every time she leaves the house
she is going through an internal battle 
that no one can see
yet she feels it so strong!

I spent so many years of my life feeling like I can't do things 
Like eat healthy
Exercise regularly
Be patient with my kids,

And yet,
this amazing girl of mine
fights those thoughts every time she wants to leave our house
and sad to say, even when she leaves her bedroom!

Today on our way to the rink,
Her anxiety was especially bad. 
When we got to the rink,
Not a soul! 
She had 10 minutes all to herself on the ice.
And then only a few people came to skate.
Tender mercies.
What a good day! 

I love this girl,
And what an example she is to me! 
If she power through her anxiety
then I can skip a dessert
or get my butt to my workout.

Together, we can do hard things!

i will
i am strong
i can take time for me, that is okay
i am beautiful, inside and out
i CAN find time to eat a healthy balanced diet
i am not less of a person if my house is messy
i can do anything i put my mind to

Friday, January 8, 2016

Best Grocery Shopping Experience Ever!!!!

Let me just start by saying that I have discovered the most fantastic thing
(Thanks to my super awesome sister Allison)

But I am going to preface with the fact that my 
13 year old daughter
has informed me that it is also super lazy!!

What is it you ask?!?!

Online grocery shopping!
This is through the Macey's grocery store,
but I know there are many grocery chains 
that are doing this as well, such as Walmart and Safeway.

You basically go online
enter the items that you want to buy
and schedule a time to pick up your order.

There is a minimum order of $30
And it costs $1.99 extra, no matter the size of the order.
The employees are not allowed to 
Accept tips, we asked.

Reasons why you should try this!

#1 - I saved way more than $1.99
in junk that I didn't impulse buy!

#2 - I bought exactly what I needed and nothing more. 
I sat at the computer with my menu that I had 
planned for the next week,
and only ordered my needed food items. 
(Here are the printable I use to make my menus)

#3 - My kids weren't even part of the processs so they 
couldn't beg me for things that I shouldn't buy.
I love my daughter Aeryn, but she is the worst
at talking me into extra stuff.  
I probably spend an extra $50 when she comes shopping with me!

The process is so easy.
Go the grocery website.
Set up an account.
Then you use the search bar and type what foods
you are looking for.

Add it to your cart.
Purchase and pick up.
I don't know the cost to have it delivered.

Our Maceys' has a parking spot that you pull up to.
You text them your confirmation number 
and then they bring it to your car.

Making New Year's Resolutions to be healthy
can start getting difficult right about now. 
Your will power might be waining!
Don't let it!
Order just the healthy foods that you need via
your online shopping!

If the food isn't in your house,
you are less likely to eat it!

$1.99 is totally worth it
When helping to reach your goals!